The Dalesman Group retains Grade AA Status

The team at the Dalesman Group are celebrating after being re-certified with Grade “AA” status for the fifth consecutive year.

The Bradford based manufacturer of seasonings and fine food ingredients, were awarded the accreditation following its recent BRC Global Standards (BRCGS) and Gluten Free Certification Program (GFCF) Audit for Food Safety.

Dedicated to integrating group operating procedures, a quality culture, industry leading traceability and continuous improvement systems into the everyday ethos and work ethics of all staff, the auditors commended Dalesman for maintaining excellent standards of hygiene and housekeeping throughout the site.

Managing Director James Rhodes said: “Yet again, this is a fantastic result! We’re thrilled to maintain our Grade AA status and this can only be put down to the dedication and commitment of all staff to raise standards year on year.”

The team are also inviting both customers and suppliers to visit their £6m state of the art head office to see the high standards for themselves.  The 40,000sq ft site, which includes a high specification NPD kitchen and presentation suite, boardroom and meeting rooms, allows it to work closely with its customers to develop bespoke recipes.

Founded over 40 years ago by Gordon Rhodes and his son, the company now employs over 80 people across 4 sites, and also produces an award winning gluten free range of retail ready products under its brand name, Gordon Rhodes.

The accreditation comes after the company suffered a devastating fire in 2017 which saw the full production, warehouse, NPD, and head office burnt to the ground. The company worked hard to quickly transfer production to another temporary site and were able to resume operations again within 9 days, with the team moving to their new, £6million, state of the art production facility on the old site in July 2019.

James continues: “We’re proud to have once again received recognition for our quality management and food safety standards. Our continued investment in our facilities and staff demonstrates the drive we have to become the UK’s number one seasoning and spice provider, with product quality and innovation at the heart of our operations – proven year after year through our Grade AA certification with BRCGS.

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